"They're very professionally run," Stern said in front of several dozen media members shortly before the game. "They're well-managed. They do well on the court and at the gate. They don't do well at the gate because they're doing well on the court. They do well at the gate and on the court because they're well-managed."
He also lavished some praise on Dwight Howard. "Dwight Howard is a delight," he said. "Sometimes he has a sense of humor that is a little interesting to me. I'm not even going to say what it is becase we've had some fun interchanges. He's a very, very nice young man. "He doesn't even look that muscular to me." Some pictures after the jump.